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Sorry for the headline, but it DID get your attention, right?

RapunzelSure, we all know the DISNEY version of Rapunzel- beautiful girl with long hair and a cute lizard, but the original version, by the Brothers Grimm, is a bit darker.

Rapunzel’s mother wanted a baby so bad, she went a little nuts and demanded that her husband steal herbs (Rampion) from a witch’s garden. The witch casts a spell that allows the mother to get pregnant, but takes the baby away due to her parents’ thievery.

There are booty calls with the prince- not the innocent visit that we see in Tangled, which leads to teen pregnancy… and as punishment, she is forced to give birth in the desert.

As if all of that isn’t bad enough… the prince has his eyes torn out, suffers from depression, and spends his days wandering through the forest crying for his new wife (they get married along the way).

Rapunzel gives birth to twins and eventually they all reunite with the prince (After several years) and her magic tears cure him of his blindness.

ouch.

You can read the full, original story here: http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/grimm012.html

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